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Kate Wears Shimmering Missoni Dress for Evening Engagement in Belfast

Kate wore Missoni for tonight’s reception at the Empire Hall in Belfast. (If you missed our earlier post on the 2-day trip, click here.) 

The club is a live music and comedy venue that is housed in a former church.  People’s story reports tonight’s event “…celebrates young people making a difference in the country in the business, arts and sport sectors.”

 

The Duke and Duchess wave as they head into the club. 

Here you see Kate and William chatting with Dame Mary Peters. 

More from The Belfast Telegraph, including the announcement of a new honor for the Dame:

Dame Mary, a Northern Ireland sporting great, won gold in the pentathlon at the 1972 Olympics and founded sports charity the Mary Peters Trust.

She will become a Lady Companion of the Order – the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.

The Dame is also known for starting the Mary Peters Trust, created “…to help aspiring young athletes, to realise their maximum potential by assisting them in both a financial and advisory capacity.”

Both Kate and Wiliam took a turn behind the bar.

One of Kate’s funny faces.

A video from Kensington Palace.

A patron raises his glass to William. 

From the BBC’s coverage:

During the informal party, Prince William made a speech about the “many inspirational young leaders” he and Catherine had met on their visit. “From using sport to encourage people to talk openly about mental health, to delivering services to children and young people who are at risk of entering care,” he said. “The work you do transcends community and is helping deliver a brighter future for everyone in Northern Ireland.”

More from The Belfast Telegraph’s story:

Comedian Shane Todd performed as the royal couple engaged in conversations with those in attendance.

He joked: “Everyone seems excited for some reason, I met them at the door, they were very nervous but hid it well.”

Now to what Kate wore for tonight’s party.

Kate’s dress is the Metallic Lurex Midi style by Missoni.

Described as being “whisper-weight,” the frock features a fitted bodice with a v-neck, sheer sleeves and a pleated midi-length skirt. It slips on and has a “slim-fitting slip.”

Arguably the most-discussed element of the garment, at least on social media, was its color. The dress is available at Net-a-Porter ($2480), where the color is called “mint.”  Here is a closer look at the fabric, a rayon/cupro/polyester blend. It’s possible the metallic threads reflected the flashes from the cameras, making it look more like silver than green. 

Kate has worn Missoni once before (below left) as well as a piece from the M Missoni diffusion line (below right).

Kate wore her trusty Gianvito Rossi 105 Pumps in the ‘praline’ suede.

She carried her Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry in ‘buttercream’ suede. (Our photo shows the item in leather.)

This offers a better look at the piece. Unfortunately, it is no longer offered by Mulberry.

The Duchess wore her hair down with a loose curl. 

We saw a new set of earrings and pendant on the Duchess tonight. Below, Kate’s Candy Green Amethyst Diamond Earrings (£1750, roughly $2330 at today’s exchange rates) by Kiki McDonough.   

And the matching Candy Green Amethyst Diamond Pendant (£1250, about $1665), also featuring a green amethyst and diamonds in 18K yellow gold.

(Technically the stones are green quartz or prasiolite.) We want to say “thank you” to Laura as well as Emma 4 Royals for their ID work on the new jewelry pieces.

You can read more about Kate’s two looks earlier in the day by clicking here.

VIDEOS:

This 5-minute piece from ITN’s Royal Family Channel covers tonight’s engagement.

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Kiara

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

I love this somewhat retro date-night look. This Missoni is so unique in the color, material, and slinky sexiness. It’s the kind of dress that you remember and instantly makes you admire how fashion forward the wearer is. I love when Kate steps outside her classic style.

BlondieBlueEye Eight

Saturday 2nd of March 2019

After observing all the photos I like Kate’s choice of pumps and clutch?, she was trying not to take away from the beauty of the dress. Since no one mentioned William and in the first photo I immediately notice his shoes, they should have been navy suede and then no tie a casual look. Since Kate’s dress is a little more dressy, William should have wore a dark Green tweed blazer with pale green shirt and black trousers & shoes. He needs to invest in a fewer more blazers and shoes to compliment Kate’s outfits. I hope the staff that helps pick out wardrobe reads some of these suggestions and observations, all with Love ❤️.

Stacey

Saturday 2nd of March 2019

I love these shoes. Every girl needs a pair of nude heels. I just don't like them with this dress. I'm honestly not a fan of this dress at all but Kate strangely pulled it off to look very nice in it. I did think her jewelry and hair were spot on. Very classy and not overdone. I'm torn on whether or not the ensemble was too dressy for this event. I think it was maybe as dressy as you'd ever contemplate going for something like this since she did have to get on stage at one point.

Sam

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

I agree with you on the shoes-dress combo. I think it's the nude vs silver contrast, warm coloring vs cold. She does that quite often and it messes things up a little bit, hence the impression something isn't working, even though you can't figure it out why.

Liana

Friday 1st of March 2019

I finally had a chance to watch the video at the end of the post and it really puts the dress into context, I don’t think she was overdressed at all. And the sparkle of the fabric is really gorgeous!

Fashionista

Friday 1st of March 2019

Missoni has always been hit or miss for me, and unfortunately this dress falls into the "miss" column. The lurex yarn, the seafoam green of it all, the dull "flatness" of brown suede shoes against the shimmer and sheer...just no. Minus the pumps, which are great on their own, this conjures images of M.O.B., courtesy of J.C. Penny, c. 1974, and that's NOT a good thing. All we need here is a floppy hat, some funky sandals and perhaps a few daisies...and then it might work.

sue d

Friday 1st of March 2019

I too do not like this contrast with sparkly green dress and brown accessories. A total miss!

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